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“Snow Like Ashes is a thrilling story with unforgettable characters set in a stunning fantasy world that had me quickly turning pages. I want more!” (Morgan Rhodes, New York Times bestselling author of Falling Kingdoms)

“The plot and writing are superlative...Highly recommended.” (School Library Journal)

“A satisfying read.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“An enjoyable adventure-romance.” (Publishers Weekly)

“A new society, a grand adventure, and a first romance, all rolled into one big fantasy epic.” (Booklist)

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Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now the Winterians' only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter's magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter's defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians' general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend and future king, Mather—she would do anything to help Winter rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore their magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she's scaling towers and fighting enemy soldiers just as she's always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn't go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics—and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.

Sara Raasch's debut fantasy is a lightning-fast tale of loyalty, love, and finding one's destiny.

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88 di 91 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle A Spectacular Read! 7 dicembre 2014
Di Book Flame - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle
I have read two high fantasy books this year that were on an epic level of goodness which was Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen and Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas and now I can say there is a third to the list Snow Like Ashes. I had to wait a few days before I could write this review to make sure I sound sane when writing it instead of completely fangirling.

Right off the bat I don't have anything negative to say about the book at all...not even a little bit. The world building, the characters even the secondary characters were all done so well. After I was done reading the book I was actually in a state of "I don't know what to do with myself" for a little while because I had immersed myself so much into the world Raasch created that I was sad to leave it.

The world created is pretty huge, there isn't just one or two kingdoms, no there are eight and we learn bits and pieces about all of them along with the alliances between the kingdoms and who hates who etc so yes there is a bit of info to take in when you first start reading but it was explained in a way where I wasn't bored and it didn't feel like an info dump. When it came down to it though the story was mostly focused on two of the season kingdoms ( Spring and Winter ) and one of the Rhythm Kingdoms, Cordell. Then there was the magic this world had and it was so original the history behind it and how it was used I loved it and can't wait to learn more about it, because evidently what the people thought they knew about the magic isn't all true which Meira came to find out in her battle of trying to free her fellow Winterians from the grasps of the Spring King.

I loved Meira, she is a soldier, strong, courageous and passionate and badass with that chakram of hers. She doesn't remember Winter, she was a baby when Winter was overthrown by Spring but she is determined to do whatever it takes to get her people out of slavery and back to Winter. She was just incredible I loved being in her head, she had flaws and doubts also which made her seem so real. There is also Mather and Theron. Both of these guys had some seriously amazing qualities although I'm loving Theron just a little bit more. Yes there is a love triangle and if you follow my blog you know how much I hate them and how very few authors I have ever read get them right. Well Raasch is now added to the list the love triangle was done very well I was not annoyed by it all. At first Meira thinks she is in love with Mather, I mean after all they practically grew up together so naturally they developed feelings but then enters Theron the prince of Cordell and well he makes Meira feel things that she didn't even feel with Mather so honestly I can't wait to see who she ends up with because she has a very complex relationship with Mather and building one with Theron as well.

There is an insanely awesome plot twist at the end that just blew me away as well.

Overall Snow Like Ashes is a stunning addition to the high fantasy genre and I will be counting down the days until the next book in the series comes out.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Epic 10 novembre 2015
Di Morgana.Extravaganza - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
Title: Snow Like Ashes
Author: Sara Raasch
Publication Date: October 2014
Genre : Fanasty

My Rating: 5 Stars

My Review:

After finishing the last page of this book, I was left with one coherent thought : What is wrong with me?

Why did I ask myself that? Because, I just don't know why it took me this freaking long to pick up this book. I'm serious here people. I'm baffled. I have no idea why I haven't devoured this book sooner, but, now that I have, consider me hooked.

This story... My god, this story! I'm left speechless trying to sing its praises. I just don't know how to quite put into words just how amazing this book is.

It's phenomenal. Epic. The reason that the fanasty genre exists. Mind blowingly fantastic.

That is how I would describe this book. Not even for a second will you find yourself trudging through this book trying to get past a certain part. Instead, you will find yourself captivated with each chapter, paragraph, sentence, word.

This is the absolute best example of the fanasty genre and the author is, by far, a stunning example to her peers.

Grab this book, clear your schedule, and hold onto your seats as you drive into this richly woven tale of magic, adventure, love and above all, fighting for something greater than yourself.
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3.0 su 5 stelle Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch is a fantasy story set ... 19 aprile 2015
Di Cayt Landis - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch is a fantasy story set in a lande where magic is wielded by the ruling class. There are eight kingdoms, four for the seasons and four others who look down on seasonal societies. The book takes place after the kingdom of Winter has fallen. Only a few refugees of the kingdom survive and they are on the run, trying to find a way to retake their land and reclaim their home. Meira, a survivor, is one of these refugees. She and her fellow companions travel with Mather, the heir to the Winterian throne. It is up to them to restore Mather to his rightful role and Meira wants to make sure that she has a big part to play.

I enjoyed this story quite a lot. Meira is a strong female lead who has a great personality. She wants desperately to make something of her life and play a role in restoring Winter to its rightful place as a kingdom. She was only a baby when Winter was destroyed and therefore has none of her own memories of her old home. Meira doesn’t feel like she fits in anywhere and strives to do her best for her people. She is fierce and fiesty. She doesn’t fight hand to hand very well but she’s a master at ranged weapons, especially the chakram. She jumps into new, dangerous situations without that much thought for her own safety and she doesn’t always get things right. Despite her mistakes and her young age, she’s able to make a difference and have a growing part in the world around her.

The rest of the cast of characters in this book are touch and go. Mather and Sir, the general who rescued the children during the fall of Winter, are well developed characters. Mather grew up with Meira and is one of the love interests. Sir is a strong leader who doesn’t let anyone forget that their doing what’s best for the greater good, not just for themselves. The other characters aren’t as well developed though. There are many smaller characters throughout the story that play significant roles but that are rather forgettable. I get all of the secondary characters confused and forget about them whenever they aren’t mentioned for awhile. I would have liked more development in that area.

The storyline and the world building was my favorite part of this book. Though the writing is a bit slow, especially in the middle of the book, the world is fascinating. I loved learning about the various kingdoms and the magic that only their rulers can wield. I found the differences between kingdoms to be interesting and I liked the backstory of Winter and how it fell. Winter’s society reminded me a lot of the Nords in the game Skyrim for some reason, most likely because they lived in very cold climates and were pretty tough. I look forward to learning more about them and their history in the next books.

The action in Snow Like Ashes is exciting and fast-paced. There are a lot of duels, battles, and fight scenes, all of which are written in a very quick way. There is not overwrought exposition and you jump right into the action. The story begins with the refugees living on the road while trying to find a locket which used to hold Winter’s magic power. After that the story gets progressively more complex and interesting. By the last couple of chapters I was really invested in where the story was going.

The only downsides I really had was the slow-paced middle of the book and the love triangle. Halfway through the book I felt that the story slowed down and spent far too much time on Meira’s interest in the two male leads. I’m not a fan of love triangles at the best of times and, while I did like both potential love interests, I could have done with less of that angst and more story progression. Once this hurdle was overcome, however, the book sped on to some amazing scenes and plot twists.

Overall, this is a really great book. The world is promising and I look forward to reading more in the series. If you like fantasy stories that focus on the growth of a teenage protagonist, check this one out!

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4.0 su 5 stelle Enchanting Fantasy Swirling with Magic and War 13 luglio 2016
Di Austine @ NovelKnight - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Copertina rigida Acquisto verificato
"We are Winter."

I've been waiting to get a hold of a copy of Snow Like Ashes for a while now. It took a little over a year but I finally made that happen. As such, I think it's the perfect book to review as a kick-off for 2016.

This book is exactly what I crave in a YA fantasy novel. I've had it on my to-read list since before it was released. The synopsis alone was enough to catch my attention among the other fabulous young adult novels of the time. And what fantasy lover could resist this cover? You don't see chakrams very often as a weapon of choice, giving it that stand-out vibe. Sure, the cover shouldn't matter to the story but if I'm being perfectly honest, an intriguing cover is more likely to catch my attention in the store than a bland one. I think we all judge a book by it's cover (quite literally) to an extent.

Within the pretty picture, however, is an equally intriguing world: Primoria, the land of the four Season kindgoms, and the four Rhythm kingdoms. With country names like Winter, Spring, Summer, and Autumn (and capital cities oddly similar to months), I expected a level of cheesiness. Instead, Raasch brough her A-game and provided a world steeped in history that we've only gotten a taste for in this first novel. There's magic afoot but not in the traditional sense of witches and wizards. I thought that giving it to only eight people was an interesting way to add the element to the story without making it a character in its own right, as magic can become.

With great worldbuilding, I also have to hand it to Raasch on her writing. The pace moved a bit slow for my tastes but it soon didn't matter as I was swept away by the story and suddenly the slowness made all the more sense.

Meira, a young orphan and member of the remaining refugees from Winter, had a level of feistiness I've come to love from YA heroines. She stood up for what she believed in, but also knew when to back down and do what was best for the situation (and not necessarily for her). That extra character trait endeared her to me throughout the whole novel. Her gang of fellow refugees helped set the stage of this fantasy by being as diverse as people generally are, something not always found in YA books, I've noticed. "Sir" acts as the leader, training and protecting what little remains of his former home. He always felt like the rock in their group, the glue holding everyone together and I think that's how Meira imagined him too. And then there's Mather, king-to-be and just about ready for his responsibilities as Meira is to be called a lady. His confusion read as, well, human and gave him that extra level of real-ness that I felt Meira had too.

What I wasn't a fan of, however, was the insta-love. Okay, maybe not truly instant as it'd been brewing for years, but her Mather right from the get-go (only a few pages in and she's already commenting about him) was a bit too much. I like a good romance in my stories, don't get me wrong, but I also want time to crave two characters getting together before they do. That build typically entwines me into the story even more, as a reader, but this pushed me away initially.

You'd think that she'd leave it at that, maybe let the two have their thing. But nope. Enter the dreaded love triangle.

I was so disappointed by this. For all the great aspects of this book, this dropped it from 5 to 4 stars for me. I would've been okay if she and Theron had become friends because that's perfectly reasonable considering the situation they're placed in by the powers-that-be. And Meira's actions led me to believe that was the direction their relationship was heading, especially compared to how she acted around Mather. Up until the last fourth of the book, one heated encounter, and poof, Theron's in the game and even a little ahead of his competition. Where I get hung up on the whole matter is that I never got the impression that they were going to be a "thing" based on their interactions with each other. We get the Meira/Mather deal from the beginning but this goes from (almost forced) friendship into something much more.

Despite this element of YA that plagues the genre, I truly enjoyed Snow Like Ashes and look forward to reading the sequel (fingers crossed that the library gets it soon). Raasch provides an enchanting fantasy swirling with magic and war, with a hint of romance. I'm glad I finally got the chance to read it, and that it was the book to pull me from my most recent reading slump as an added bonus!

Favorite Quotes
"Don't you want more than this?" I breathe, finally looking up at him. [...] "Every day of my life."
"Even the strongest blizzard starts with a single snowflake."
2 di 2 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
4.0 su 5 stelle Somewhat predictable but great worldbuilding 19 luglio 2016
Di Canadian eReader - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch is the first in a young adult fantasy series centering around Meira, a young refugee left orphaned when her country was overrun and conquered by a neighbouring power. It focusses on her struggle to locate the missing magical Conduit of Winter and to free her imprisoned countrymen.

What I liked

The world. I really enjoyed the world that Raasch has built for her story. There are eight kingdoms; four Season realms, each dominated by a single season (our protagonist is from Winter) and four Rhythm, whose climate cycles through each season. Each kingdom was wonderfully described and I loved their seasonal themes. The tensions between the kingdoms were interesting and well described and I appreciated the political machinations that were going on behind the scenes.

The magic system. The magic system of the Conduits was fascinating, and I look forward to reading more about the chasm of magic and the Decay in future books. I always appreciate it when limitations are written into the magic system - often, they are as interesting as the magic itself. In this case I enjoyed the fact that certain artifacts are limited by gender and can only be used in certain ways. I loved reading how the various wielders of the Conduits worked within those limitations to either serve their own ends or help their people.

What I didn’t like

All the tropes. Too often I felt that Raasch was ticking boxes to see how many YA and fantasy tropes she could fit into this book and more, that they are not subverted. Young orphan discovers she has a secret past and destiny filled future. Check. Missing magical artifact hidden right at the heart of the antagonist’s power. Check. Young king struggling to meet the needs and expectations of his people. Check. Honestly, there are simply too many to name, and many I can’t name for spoiler reasons. Now, I’m aware that there are very few new stories in the world. but I would have liked to see some kind of twist on these old tropes.

The foreshadowing. This came across as being rather heavily emphasised, which, along with the use of the tropes, made the story for me at least very, very predictable.

The love triangle. This seems an obligatory part of every YA book these days and Snow Like Ashes is no exception. It wasn’t badly done, it just didn’t grab my attention at all.

Despite the predictability, the worldbuilding carried me through Snow Like Ashes and I gave it three and a half stars out of five. I probably wouldn’t be interested enough to pay for the sequel, Ice Like Fire, but as it was available from my local library I will check it out.